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My minimalist tool list – the square

To read more about the Square on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Which tools do you really need? Some of you have asked about the tools you should buy to get going. I will try cover them over the next few days. I am not really a minimalist when it comes to hand tools…

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My minimalist tool list – the woodworker’s tape measure

Tapes as a rule for woodworkers It is hard to get romantic about retractable measuring tapes, after all, they are about as utilitarian as it gets. Tape measures have replaced rigid folding rules because of their convenience, and tapes are more accurate today than they ever were, so even low-grade tapes are generally quite accurate.…

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My minimalist tool list – the combination gauge

To read more about the combination gauge on our Common Woodworking site, click here. The combination gauge Two gauges common to woodworking are the marking gauge and the mortise gauge and both are essential primarily to joinery. Mortise gauges tend to be more expensive because of the addition of the adjustable extra pin point and…

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My minimalist tool list – the woodworkers knife

To read more about the woodworker’s knife on our Common Woodworking site, click here. The woodworker’s knife Knives for woodworkers are often called striking knives or layout knives because we strike and lay out the cut lines of shoulders, cut around hinges and other hardware and trim and fit veneers and thin or small sections of…

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More on minimalist tool stuff

A bevy of #151s in my arsenal of spokeshaves. In the minimalist tool kit is a spokeshave we refer to commonly as a #151 after the product numbering system used by the Stanley Rule and Level Company. This flat-bottomed spokeshave was another tool rejected by craftsmen for many years because it ‘stock’ to the surface…

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Minimalist tools – dovetail saws

To read more about saws on our Common Woodworking site, click here. So you need a dovetail saw. I think that many people think that a dovetail saw is for cutting dovetails and though that is true, it is not so much a dedicated saw but simply a small saw we use mostly for cutting…

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My minimalist tools – another hammer

To read more about the hammer on our Common Woodworking site, click here. Warrington hammer Hammers are important tools in the furniture makers arsenal but we don’t really need large ones and less so claw hammers. I have owned this hammer since a boy. I bought a 16oz Stanley claw hammer at the same time.…

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Buying Good Tools Cheap – Sliding Bevel

To read more about the sliding bevel on our Common Woodworking site, click here The months have passed since I bought one of these. Generally perhaps a lower interest tool and yet for chair making and other tasks they are virtually indispensable. Made for or distributed by Sandford, famed for their layout tools to big…

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